Archives for: February 2011

02/16/11

  10:07:08 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1271 words  
Categories: Computer, Home, Furnishings

I got a new chair, and a new keyboard tray.

I got Staples Mesh Manager's Chair with Headrest and Fellowes Designer Suites Desk Ready Keyboard Drawer.

The old chair that I used in front of my main computer is like 25 years old. It has been on my list for a long time to replace it, but what I really want and what I can justify shelling out at a given moment were in collision. What I've wanted is an Aeron chair, fully loaded, etc. But, that is significantly more than the 'max' of the threshold in my mind where I can get something on a given month to where it requires budgeting, planning and justification, etc.

But, recently I got the Staples Desley Mesh Task Chair, Gray...which I found to be really nice compared to my old chair. In fact, because I was spending a lot more time on my main computer than usual...migrating and configuring a new computer and later the weather had me working from home a lot. I switched the chairs. The lack of arm rests was kind of odd, but the padding being all worn out in the old chair...it was nice, it also meant that I needed to step up my plans to replace the old chair and finally get a better chair to go in front of my main computer.

Given that I often dress differently at home than I do at work, I started thinking that maybe a mesh seat isn't what I'm really needing for home use anyways. Plus the work chair seems to trap food dust in its mesh so easily and annoyingly so.... So, expanded my search to other mesh back chairs I had settled on what I thought would be the chair to get that was closer in line to what I could justify buying one month. Just had to find a month where I didn't already have plans to acquire some other similar costing item.

Meanwhile, I was continuing to check out staples for other reasons, and for the possibility of getting another Mesh Task Chair. The other computer area has a kneeling chair that isn't really something I want to spend a lot of time on, but is adequate there...but its also falling apart...and using cable ties to fix it is only going to keep it usable for so long. And, since I really liked the Mesh Task Chair...it seems like the thing to get for here too.

Anyways, on one of the visits, I saw they were having a chair sale one week. They had like $100, $50 or $30 off various chairs. And, there were some possible mesh back chairs in the $100 or $50 off mark. I settled on one that was $50 off, because it was more adjustable. Though a $100 off one that I was considering actually did appear to have a mesh seat. But, then I got a preview of next week's flyer...and the chair that was $50 off would be $70 off. So I waited and ordered it then. Delivery worked out, because I ended up being at home 4 days that week (first two work was closed, second to I got to work from home). The delivery of the chair was not delayed due to weather, though I had other deliveries that were.

Now, I probably should've measured things before I went for it. Because the seat all the way down is a touch higher than my old chair, and the arm rests stick forward more. So, it bumps into my old keyboard tray....

Which brings me to....

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02/03/11

  10:59:34 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1008 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, BOINC, Storage

Zen got a memory boost

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422&cm_re=g.skill_8gb-_-20-231-422-_-Product

When I bought the HPE-450t, I knew I wanted it to come with a lot of memory but not the full amount of memory. Because I had done a quick look and could get memory elsewhere for less than the incremental steps they offered. But, what I did take into account was how the slots were filled to achieve the delivered memory...and promotions that were available.

They had things like 4G (4x1G) or 6G (2x1G+2x2G) or 8G (4x4G)...but they also had 9G (2x4G+1G) and 12G (2x2G+2x4G) and the 16G max (4x4G). I had settled on the 9G configuration, so that I would only have to bump the 1G for a pair of 4G to get to the max. And, I had done a quick online search and 8G was about $100, well less than the difference between 8/9G configurations and 16G.

I knew that it would be a matter of time that I would get it, but I guess I didn't realize it was going to be this soon.

I'm not hurting for memory on Zen. Considering I had somehow survived for as long as I had on the 2GB that was TARDIS (and there were several years between its original configuration of 1G [which was a configured upgrade from the original 512M base] to the upgrade to 2G)...though I had considered upping it to 3G somehow (could go to 4G, but XP would only see 3G...which I know because I had put the 4G max into Gumby, and it only sees 3G). But, I'm sure BOINC projects would like to have more memory....

So, the other day I saw the Shellshocker preview email from NewEgg and saw that they had an 8GB kit for $65. I had a vague recollection of what kind of memory Zen needed (DDR3-1333 or PC-10600), though wasn't sure if there was something special about the specific memory that certain configuration wizards listed for my computer or if any equivalent speed memory would work. TARDIS was very picky about the memory, it took several iterations of mailing memory back and forth with the online seller before I got memory that actually worked, probably would've been cheaper to buy directly from Dell after with all the extra postage charges.

I kept searching online for information on whether the memory was right or not...seemed too good to be right. The product specs listed what chipsets it was compatible with....but from what I've found, the HPE-450t is Intel H57...which wasn't one of the compatible chipsets. But, it listed Intel H55....which from what I could tell were the same as far as memory support goes, about the main distinction for Zen is that H57 has the Intel Rapid Storage Technology, which is doing the RAID 1 of the system drive. Which is interesting, because my computer at work seems to have that too...but I'm doing RAID 1 in software on there. Though it could've come pre-configured with RAID1, but was cheaper to have it delivered with a single 250GB drive and then migrate to a pair of 500GB drives (pulled from an old disk array...though did find the old disk array drives were only SATA I....)

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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